Essential Pittsburgh
11:24 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Thursday Rundown: US-Russia Relations and the Limits of Partnership

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin shake hands at the G8 Summit in 2013.
Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin shake hands at the G8 Summit in 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / Whitehouse Photography

These topics air Thursday June 12, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

"The Limits of Partnership"

What does President Obama's refusal to meet with President Putin during his recent European trip say about U.S.-Russian relations? We'll pose that question to Angela Stent, a former adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, whose new book "The Limits of Partnership" explores the evolution of U.S. - Russian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Smithereens

Pat DiNizio, the lead singer of the rock group The Smithereens joins us to talk about the group's performance in Pittsburgh as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. In the 80s and 90s, the group was churning out hit songs like "Only a Memory," "Blood and Roses" and a "Girl Like You." We'll learn about the history of the group and what Pat's been up to since the group's heyday.

Regional Beaches

Grab the sunscreen, your favorite book and anything else you might need for fun in the sun. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests regional beaches to visit from the Jersey Shore to Virginia. 

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